Liveblog: Game 59 – Canadiens enter Olympic break on a winning streak

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Third in a row

The Canadiens enter the Olympic break on a high after beating Carolina 4-1 to complete a three-W week.

David Desharnais led the way with two goals, Ryan White got his second in as many games and Brian Gionta's empty-netter completed the scoring.

Carey Price made 31 saves.

Max Pacioretty was injured during the first period when he crashed into the Carolina net. He did not return to the game, but said after the game he will go to Sochi.

Nailing it down

David Desharnais made it 3-1 with his 11th goal of the season, six minutes into the third period.

With Anton Khudobin on the bench, Brian Gionta circled the Carolina net and tucked in his 11th.

 

Late explosion

For most of the second period, the Canadiens looked like a dozy team.

A turnover by Carey Price turned into the first goal of the game, by Drayson Bowman.

Then with a shade over two minutes left, David Desharnais converted a pass from Rene Bourque to tie it up.

And Ryan White, who'd been sent out for a D-zone faceoff (which he lost) put the Canadiens ahead when an Andrei Markov shot bounced off his back and onto his stick.

Drayson Bowman scored the home team's only goal.

Carolina outshot the Canadiens 14-8.

Max Pacioretty's injury is "lower body".

Pacioretty hurt

Max Pacioretty collided with the Carolina goalpost and left the game with an injury that may be his arm, shoulder, leg or ribs.

Whatever, the Canadiens leading goal scorer looked to be in distress.

Canadiens outshot the home team 10-7, but Carolina came closest to scoring when Andrej Sekera hit the post behind Carey Price on a power play.

Last one for a while

The Canadiens pay a supper-hour visit to Carolina, and then they're idle until Feb. 26.

In a New Year's Eve game at PNC Arena, the Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead, watched the Hurricanes score four unanswered and then got a third-period equalizer before Alexander Semin beat Carey Price 3:27 into Overtime.

Carolina outshot the Canadiens 42-25 in that game.

With the Olympic break looming, the Canadiens sit third in the Atlantic Division.

Carolina is three points out of a wild-card playoff spot.

Puck drops at a weird 6:10ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

Andrei Markov wants to stay in Montreal

 

 

746 Comments

  1. Mr. Biter says:

    DD first star. Many posters will not be heard from tonight.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  2. slapshot777 says:

    Good way for the Habs to end before the break with a big win.

  3. thehockeynews says:

    Go Canada !

  4. 25Stanleycups says:

    See they showed up the last 20 minutes. All is well.

  5. danhabsfan says:

    Nice win. everyone, it’s break time, enjoy the Olympics and let’s go Canada, in all sports, not just hockey.

  6. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Good stuff! Go canada

  7. Top Corner says:

    #GoHabsGo

    #GoCanadaGo

  8. piter says:

    Good game by DD

  9. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Weisel has wheels

  10. Habcouver says:

    Last chance for DD to get a hat trick for Max Pac!
    C’mon!

    Waiting patiently for #25

  11. Sportfan says:

    LOL Gio got sprayed!

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  12. Habcouver says:

    Let’s stick a fork in this one…
    it’s done!

    Go Habs Go!

    Waiting patiently for #25

  13. PrimeTime says:

    Are all the quitters still here?

  14. slapshot777 says:

    Nice goal by our captain Gionta

  15. Habbu says:

    Ahhhh…….life is wonderful

  16. jctremblay says:

    MIke Boone? Thanks for all you do…

  17. Et le but says:

    Great finish boys…3 empty-netters in last 3 games
    Couldn’t buy one of those earlier in the season

  18. Habcouver says:

    Ole, Ole, Ole Ole Ole, Ole!

    Waiting patiently for #25

  19. Storman says:

    Carey price,, leads this team to a very nice road victory after injury to Max,, Calming influence,, Leadership to the max,, fantastic,, etc….

  20. Propwash says:

    Ballsy move by Muller, but not the greatest idea with over 2 minutes left.

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  21. DipsyDoodler says:

    Good to see the Canes screwed by the refs.

  22. piter says:

    wow, what puck control

  23. DipsyDoodler says:

    Yeah Captain!

  24. Sportfan says:

    Seeing the flaw in the “new” divisions Montreal, Tampa and Toronto are both better than the Metro division if the playoffs were today one of them would be a Wild Card team and they would still have a better record than the Rangers, just saying.

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  25. thehockeynews says:

    I like cheese

  26. jctremblay says:

    The Olympics will be a great learning experience for PK…and he has a lot to pick up from the best in the game. Even if he doesn’t play a lot, he’ll benefit enormously from hanging out with great players.

  27. Et le but says:

    Last night’s Florida game catching up to the Canes

  28. db says:

    Lu is having yet another rough night… no idea how Toronto scored the last one from behind the goal line.

  29. ffenliv says:

    Could Alex Edler be any unluckier? He kicks one into his own net against the Habs. Just now, a puck going high and straight across the front of the net, he manages to gather it in with his chest and flutter it in to the Nuck’s net.

  30. kalevine says:

    wow Eller is just playing brain dead out there
    and soft on the battles for the puck, no physicality

  31. db says:

    Eller seems like he’s 2 steps behind everything..

  32. Blondie says:

    Price is looking primed for the olympics. Great stuff!

  33. DipsyDoodler says:

    Who is this Bowman fellow?

  34. Mr. Biter says:

    Sitting in my room at the Royal York listening to game on computer. Called the “Sports Bars” near the hotel to watch the Habs game and told they can only show the leafs game. No wonder this town sucks.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  35. slapshot777 says:

    PK has been just as bad as Beaulieu at times tonight. WTF is wrong with him.

  36. Harditya says:

    Give your goalie some god damn support, geez.

  37. Propwash says:

    Leafs up 2-1? Here’s CBC’s reaction.

    http://i.imgur.com/iKQzI.jpg

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  38. the habinator says:

    “Carey price is a thoroughbred , your wife may not recognize it, but I don’t bake bread very well either” Bob Gainey.

  39. bender69 says:

    both Briere and Gionta are useless !!!

  40. Storman says:

    I think Babcock will go with Price,, he is just too good,, I guess we will know in a couple of days

  41. Dave Jones says:

    Mr. Boone, due respect of course, but I think you should rethink your characterization of the stats boosters. Constantly referring to them as “weenies” is eerily Cherry-esque. And you often cite the game’s possession proxies (shot attempts) in your analysis, so it’s not like you don’t value the stats yourself.

  42. UKRAINIANhab says:

    The boone jinx

  43. Et le but says:

    Boone jinxed Lou at 3P 7:02

  44. Storman says:

    Holy Crap things going from bad to worse for the Canucks

  45. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Luongo should not start

  46. Reflektor says:

    Refs 2 Van 1

  47. Et le but says:

    Toronto up 2-1 on Nucks, Tampa trailing the Wings 2-1

  48. kalevine says:

    habs have been the only trouble team for canes lately

  49. Habcouver says:

    Bloody Laffs are winning now :-|

    Waiting patiently for #25

  50. db says:

    Vancouver just can’t do sh*t.. T.O just took the lead in the third. Lu allows a softy every game..

  51. db says:

    WWP is a strong 4th line..

  52. Sportfan says:

    How does Bob find out about stuff that quickly?

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      A lifetime’s worth of cultivating contacts, respecting anonymity where requested, respecting that some information is given not to be shared, and people who want to share knowing whose number to call.

  53. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Bowlu with some rook mistakes

  54. matrags says:

    Carey Carey Careyyyy

  55. Harditya says:

    PRICE!!! ALL HAIL PRICE

  56. Dave Jones says:

    Price bails out Beaulieu. Beaulieu is going to be great, but still green.

  57. Storman says:

    Price just saved the Rookies bacon

  58. Et le but says:

    Boy are we ever lucky to have Carey!!??

  59. db says:

    C’mon Vancouver… don’t let that tying goal get you down.

  60. nova scotia vees says:

    Much better without Moen..and Eller should be trade bait..too soft, and quite clueless.

  61. Storman says:

    Is that Bill behind the Carolina Bench

  62. Storman says:

    Beaulieu is going to be an absolute beauty in time,, will help ease the pain of giving away Ryan Mcdonagh

  63. RetroMikey says:

    Who needs the so called power forward Max Pacioretty when we have the giant David Desharnais on the team?
    I always loved this guy!

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  64. Propwash says:

    Of course Patches is going to Sochi, he’s Wolverine!

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  65. Hoegaarden says:

    Murray le mur !

  66. frontenac1 says:

    Crankshaft.

  67. Storman says:

    DD has a very decent mid range top shelf shot,

  68. Habcouver says:

    Thanks for the great news Bob MacKenzie!
    Go MaxPac Go!

    Waiting patiently for #25

  69. piter says:

    that looked to be onside

  70. slapshot777 says:

    The Referees should be looking to call anything on the Habs right now. MT should be telling the Habs to not give them anything .

  71. Sportfan says:

    TRADE DD WHILE HE”S HOT!

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  72. Et le but says:

    We need the dagger goal, and soon…
    Next one’s HUGE

  73. Storman says:

    The crowd noise seems like it his a sports recording track, like a laugh track in a sitcom , but sort of like some type of sports crowd track, very weird..


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